STEM Starts Early: Guidance and support from the NSTA Early Childhood Science Education Position Statement

This web seminar took place on April 15, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Linda Froschauer, the editor of NSTA’s Science & Children journal; Cindy Hoisington, from the Education Development Center, Inc., headquartered in Waltham, MA; and Beth Van Meeteren, the director of the Regent’s Center located at the University of Northern Iowa.

Each presenter provided helpful information on how to incorporate STEM into early childhood science education. Force and Motion concepts were highlighted and several video clips were shown, so that participants could observe young children doing science in their classrooms. Throughout the session, the NSTA Early Childhood Science Education Position Statement guidelines were emphasized to highlight best practices for engaging young children in STEM activities.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "Loved the mix of video and slides, plus the variety of facilitators. Well done!"
  • "I was reminded of how important it is to allow students to explore their learning and misconceptions and not giving students immediate explanations before this process."
  • "I enjoyed the different real life examples of the teachers working with students. I learned more about NSTAs stance on early childhood science education."
  • "Excellent webinar! Thank you for explaining the position statement. I loved watching the videos to help with understanding."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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